Deutsch LA lures David Kim from Venables Bell

Deutsch LA has poached Venables Bell creative director David Kim (left) as an EVP and group digital creative director on flagship account Volkswagen.

“David is a brilliant digital designer and concepter with a truly varied background and we are so glad to have him,” says Mark Hunter, Deutsch LA partner and CCO.

At Venables Bell Kim oversaw the launch of Google Fiber, the first 1,000 megabytes/second internet and TV service in the US. He has also worked on Intel’s Ultrabook PCs, Audi, HBO and Coca-Cola.

Prior to Venables Bell, Kim was the SVP interactive creative director at Publicis in Seattle, where he focused on digital advertising for T-Mobile. He began his career in advertising as a multimedia designer at TBWA’s interactive branch.

Techies cum creatives (or the other way around) are in great demand these days as traditional agencies hoover up the digital jobs that once went to specialists. VW is a key account for Interpublic-owned Deutsch. The agency has produced a stream of notable work, including various Super Bowl epics such as ‘Little Darth Vader,’ but must always be conscious that Omnicom’s DDB handles the account in much of the rest of the world and would dearly like to do the same in the US.

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